Swimming Pool Maintenance – All you need to know
Pool maintenance is essential to keeping your pool clean and safe to swim in. There are a few different ways to go about pool maintenance, but the most important thing is to be consistent.
Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes. Some are simple rectangular affairs, while others are more complicated affairs with multiple levels, waterfalls, and other features.
Pool heating is a process of using either the sun’s heat or artificial heat to raise the temperature of pool water. The benefits include extending pool season and decreased chemical usage.
Pool lighting not only provides safety for swimmers at night, but it also enhances the overall pool experience. There are a variety of pool lights to choose from, and each has its own unique benefits.
A pool cover is an essential piece of pool equipment. It helps to keep the pool clean and free of debris, and it also helps to reduce evaporation.
Essentials of Weekly Pool Maintenance
Weekly Pool Maintenance
Regular pool maintenance is essential to keep your pool clean. A clean pool looks good and is inviting, but most importantly, a clean and sparkling pool is safe to swim in.
Keeping your pool clean is crucial for your health and the health of your children. Dirty pool water can easily lead to eye infections, skin irritation and rashes, and even serious gastrointestinal infections. You need to keep the water blue and clear at all times to be sure your pool is free of bacteria, viruses and mold.
Health reasons aside, no-one wants a green, uninviting pool in their garden during the warm and festive summer months. But pools can be harder to clean than you think. There’s more to pool cleaning and maintenance than simply throwing chlorine in the water every now and again.
A weekly pool maintenance routine will go a long way to making pool cleaning manageable – with daily cleaning and weekly pool maintenance tasks and checks.
Keeping your pool clean means keeping it free of debris such as insects, leaves, dust, soil and other debris that finds its way into swimming pools every day.
Pool filters take a long time to filter the surface water. This means you need to skim the pool water manually to keep it 100% free of debris. Or at least as free of debris as possible. A lot depends on the weather and on how many trees and shrubs your have around your pool. If you find a lot of leaves, flowers, sticks and bugs in your pool every day, you need to skim the water every day.
Manual surface skimming (using a long-handled skimmer) to clean the pool daily is ideal, but, life being life, it’s not always possible. If you cannot do it daily, ensure you skim the pool thoroughly at least once a week as part of your weekly pool maintenance schedule.
Brush pool walls
Brush scrub the sides and bottom of the pool. It’s likely your pool will develop a build-up of algae and grime if you don’t brush the sides and bottom of the pool regularly. How quickly this happened depends on many factors – from how much the pool is used, how much debris gets in the pool, to weather and temperature.
You don’t want to wait for the sides and bottom of your pool to get filthy before you scrub them. However, it’s also not necessary to scrub your pool daily.
Scrubbing your pool weekly with a long-handled pool scrubber, as part of a weekly pool maintenance routine, will ensure that your pool never gets a chance to build up a hard-to-
remove layer of algae and grime.Brush away debris and loose sediments from the bottom of the pool.
As part of a weekly pool maintenance cleaning routine (and provided you have maintained your skimming and skimmer cleaning schedule) you only need to vacuum once a week after brushing the debris, algae build-up and sediments off the sides and bottom of the pool. Having already removed as much of the larger pieces of debris as you can with the hand-held pool skimmer (or ‘pool net’), you will only need to vacuum sediments and last bits of debris from the drain area, corners and any other hard to clean out areas in the pool. This can be done with a manual pool vacuum or you could opt to install an automatic pool cleaner
Filtration and Back washing
The circulation system of your pool is a major factor in keeping it clean and safe. You must run the pump long enough each day to make sure that everything has been filtering efficiently, from the skimmer down through any filters you have installed on-site
Whether you use a sand, cartridge or vertical grid DE type of filtration system to screen out debris from entering the water in first place – it’s important that these filters be cleaned according to manufacturer directions every week for optimum performance!
Pool chemicals are essential for keeping your swimming pool clean and free of harmful organisms. It is important to add these chemicals according to the manufacturer’s directions for dosage and frequency.
If you do not add the correct chemicals in the correct amounts, your pool can become a breeding ground for algae, bacteria, and other organisms. This can lead to health hazards for swimmers, as well as costly repairs to the pool itself.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow them exactly. Also, be sure to keep a record of what chemicals you add to your pool, as well as the dosage and frequency. This information will come in handy if you need to contact a professional for repair or maintenance work on your pool.